July 2006 Log


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July 2006

Like Dew

Deuteronomy 32:2
Let my teaching fall like rain
And my words descend like dew,
Like showers on new grass,
Like abundant rain on tender plants.

One of the Lord's most beautiful gifts to the earth is dew.

Some characteristics of dew:
    1. It provides gentle nourishment, refreshment, renewal.
    2. Without dew, dryness and desolation can set in, greatly inhibiting the growth process.
    3. Dew, though only a fine mist, is often enough to soften hard and otherwise barren ground.
    4. Dew is released when all is still, calm, when the air is at rest.
    5. Dew doesn't gather where there is heat or wind.
    6. Like the rain, dew was regarded in biblical times as God’s gift, favor, bringing good harvest and providing food.
    7. Dew doesn't last -- as soon as the new morning breaks it evaporates.

Dew is a sign of God's provision and favor as we follow His lead, provided in stillness.

May we each 'be still' and 'soak in' the dew of heaven.

Genesis 27:28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness— an abundance of grain and new wine.

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More Dew:

Deuteronomy 33:27-29 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, 'Destroy him!' So Israel will live in safety alone; Jacob's spring is secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD ? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.

Psalm 110:3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.

Proverbs 19:12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Isaiah 18:4 This is what the LORD says to me: "I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."

Isaiah 26:19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.

Micah 5:7 The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind.

Zechariah 8:12 The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.


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July 24, 2006

Bowed Down

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Thank You Lord that You heal both broken bodies and broken hearts, that You lift up ALL who are bowed down. Please touch & guide each with Your mighty hand. Heal broken bodies, comfort broken hearts, guide each that fall or are bowed down.

Thank You that Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations - You are faithful. Let us each know You and Your power. Let us each feel upheld and lifted up in very real ways thru Your unfailing love.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

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July 19, 2006

God's Provision - Favor

The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin. The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.

A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Like the rain, dew was regarded in biblical times as God’s gift bringing good harvest and providing food.

As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, we find that God supplied their needs each night as the dew fell. Dew like manna, doesn't last - as soon as the new morning breaks it evaporates. Dew like manna, came to symbolize supply and provision, the Lord's favor, new every morning.

As we follow the Lord’s leading, His dew will also rain down new supply and provision, favor, in our lives, just as it did for the children of Israel.

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness— an abundance of grain and new wine.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us ...

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July 18, 2006

The Mind of Christ, My Savior

We have the mind of Christ.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

--- Hymn by Kate B. Wil­kin­son



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July 12, 2006

10 Things God Can't Do

  1. God can't change or give imperfect gifts.
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
    —James 1:17

  2. God can't get tired.
    Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary.
    —Isaiah 40:28

  3. God can't sleep.
    My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
    —Psalm 121:2-4

  4. God can't break a promise.
    I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.
    —Psalm 89:34

  5. Go can't lie.
    God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
    —Hebrews 6:18

  6. God can't leave His work unfinished.
    ... being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 1:6

  7. God can't be given a problem that He can't solve.
    Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
    —Matthew 19:26

  8. God can't leave you comfortless.
    I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
    —John 14:18

  9. God can't forsake you.
    The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
    —Deuteronomy 31:8

  10. God can't stop loving you.
    I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
    —Jeremiah 31:3


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July 7, 2006
Until the Day Breaks and the Shadows Flee

Song 4:6
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense.

Micah 4:1-2
In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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The day break, all those in the darkness and shadows long for this day break, for the brightness of dawn.

There is one special dawn to look forward to. A dawn where all shadows will flee, where the glory of the LORD will rise upon all. There will be no more darkness, sorrow, pain, no need for the light of the sun or moon; for the LORD will be our everlasting light and the Lamb our lamp.

But until then, there will be both light and shadows of darkness. Until then, the Lord has provided fragrant safety in the mountain of myrrh and the hill of incense. Because of the sweet smells which accompanied the Temple sacrifices, Mount Moriah was called the mountain of myrrh and frankincense. This is the place where Abraham offered up his son Isaac - the mountain of the Lord.

The call to go to the mountain of myrrh and the hill of incense is a call to know the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to abide in Him, to know Him intimately.

"Abide in me and I will abide in you" (John 15:4). It's interesting to note this promise uses the word 'in' instead of 'with'. Jesus is not saying He wants us to walk 'with' him, or be 'with' Him. He is saying He wants us to abide 'in' Him — as close as we could ever get to Him without actually being Him.

Psalm 43:3-4
Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

Lord, until the daybreaks and the shadows flee, let us see Your light and truth. Lead us to You holy hill, show us how to abide in You, to abide in Jesus.

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Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-20
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
    but the LORD rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

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The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
    for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.

Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
    the LORD will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end.

Revelation 21:1-4, 22-23
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.


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July 6, 2006
Arise!

Keep watch, stay alert
Keep your lamps trimmed
Listen for His knock, His call
Listen for the voice of the King
 
He knocks, saying,
      “ Open for me, my sister, my love,
      My dove, my perfect one"
 
Arise,
      my darling,
               my dove,
                       my beautiful one,
                                                    come.
 
The table prepared, the feast awaits
Hear the cooing of the dove
The season of singing is here.
 
Arise,
      my darling,
               my dove,
                       my beautiful one,
                                                    come.
 

 
 
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Song 2:10-13
My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."

Song 5:1-2
I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;
I have drunk my wine and my milk.
 
I sleep, but my heart is awake;
      It is the voice of my beloved!
      He knocks, saying,
      “ Open for me, my sister, my love,
      My dove, my perfect one;
      For my head is covered with dew,
      My locks with the drops of the night.”
 

Song 8:13-14
You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
 
Make haste, my beloved,
      And be like a gazelle
      Or a young stag
      On the mountains of spices.
 
 
 
Song 2:10
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.

Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.


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July 4, 2006
The Shade of a Thornbush


One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, 'Be our king.'
"But the olive tree answered, 'Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and men are honored, to hold sway over the trees?'

"Next, the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and be our king.'
"But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'

"Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'
"But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and men, to hold sway over the trees?'

"Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and be our king.'
The thornbush said to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!'

Look at the promise of the thornbush, the promise of refuge in it's shade. Does a thornbush provide refuge and shade?

Isn't it always the case that trusting in a lie, or the shade of a thornbush puts one in danger of being consumed by a fire?

Look what this fire that comes out of the thornbush consumes -- the cedars of Lebanon. Placing trust in something other than the Lord and His laws always causes some kind of destruction.

It's interesting that the olive, fig and vine were also approached to be king. These trees were bearing the fruit of the Lord; examples of fruit that comes from trusting the Lord and His laws -- oil, food, wine.

Will you put your complete trust and confidence in the Lord? And allow him to plant you by His living waters? (Jeremiah 17:8)

Thank You Lord that Jesus is the light of the world. Let Your Spirit of Truth guide into all truth. Please expose any lies or falsehoods that we may be trusting in. Help us each place our complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (the way, truth & life) as our savior. Thank You Lord that the trees of the LORD are well watered and tended to.


He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:

wine that gladdens the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine,
and bread that sustains his heart.

The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.


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July 3, 2006
A Tree Planted

Like a lily among thorns is my beloved among the daughters.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

The mentioning of the thorns and bush in the wasteland preceding a tree providing shade and fruit is very intersting in these verses.

There is a huge contrast between a dry thornbush and a tree with deep roots planted by the water.

The thornbush is

The tree planted by the water
{the living water of the Lord} is

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.

Thank You Lord that You are the spring of living water. Lord, let our roots grow deep and be nourished by Your living waters. Help our trust and confidence in You continue to grow, flourish and bear fruit.

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